Davitt Moroney


Born: December 23, 1950   Country: England  
Davitt Moroney is one of today's top specialists in older keyboard instruments, one who has delved deeply into the music and aesthetics of French and English harpsichord music. He has perhaps the most scholarly orientation among leading early music performers, but his performances are accessible to any listener. Born in Britain of Irish-Italian ancestry, he studied in England, France, and the United States, coming to early music through scholarly Read more study. His PhD, granted at the University of California in 1980, dealt with the choral music of Tallis and Byrd. Through the 1970s, however, he studied organ (with the Austrian player Susi Jeans) and harpsichord (with the Canadian Kenneth Gilbert), and after finishing his degree he embarked on a career as a recitalist, with Paris as his home base.

Moroney has released over 50 compact discs of keyboard music of the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries, as a soloist, chamber player, and participant in concertos, winning several Gramophone Awards and France's Grand Prix du Disque de l'Académie Charles Cros. His most ambitions project, which took 15 years of planning, research, and rehearsal, is a complete survey of the keyboard music of the great Elizabethan-era English composer William Byrd. A seven-disc set (for the price of five), on the Hyperion label, it was the first album of its kind. Meticulously researched, it includes a 45,000-word program book written by Moroney himself. The recording uses the most appropriate instruments available, including two different harpsichords, clavichord, chamber organ, the Ahrend organ of the Church-Museum des Augustins, Toulouse, and a muselar virginal especially built for the recording. Many of the recordings were made in the actual locations where Byrd himself had played his music, including Lincoln Cathedral, Ingatestone Hall in Essex, and L'Abbaye Royale de Fontevraid, France.

Despite all the research and intellectual effort involved, and the strict authenticity for which he strives, Moroney's performances are vivid and expressive, delighting contemporary audiences. One way he is known for putting his insights across to audiences is to address them directly. In the year 2000, Moroney's biography Bach: An Extraordinary Life appeared, and his critical edition of Bach's Art of the Fugue (one of over a dozen he has edited) included a new completion of that work's massive unfinished closing fugue. Since 2001 he has been professor of music and university organist at the University of California, Berkeley. Read less
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  • 1.
    The Bach Recordings / Hogwood, Academy of Ancient Music
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 002307502 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Christian Bach,  Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
    Performer:  Christophe Rousset,  Catherine Mackintosh,  Monica Huggett,  Christopher Hirons  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
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  • 2.
    Label: Plectra   Catalog: 5637954611 Release Date: 05/28/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  François Couperin
    Performer:  Davitt Moroney
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    The Complete Bach Edition
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 664202 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 154
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Max van Egmond,  Kurt Equiluz,  Paul Esswood,  Walter Gampert  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Ton Koopman,  Jaap Schröder  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Chorus Viennensis,  Vienna Boys' Choir  ... 
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    Lumieres - Music Of The Enlightenment [30-CD Set]
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908601 Release Date: 10/01/2011   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Kobie van Rensburg,  Véronique Gens,  Patrizia Ciofi,  Marie McLaughlin  ... 
    Conductor:  René Jacobs,  William Christie,  Daniel Reuss,  Philippe Herreweghe  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne,  Cologne Collegium Vocale,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus  ... 
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  • 5.
    Byrd: The Complete Keyboard Music / Davitt Moroney
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 44461 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  William Byrd,  Robert Parsons,  John Johnson
    Performer:  Davitt Moroney
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    Purcell: Harmonia Sacra; Complete Organ Music
    Label: Arcana   Catalog: 310 Release Date: 02/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Davitt Moroney,  Jill Feldman
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    Bach: Complete Harpsichord Concertos / Moroney, Flint, Haas, Kim, Pearl
    Label: Cd Baby   Catalog: 5637537385 Release Date: 01/01/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Karen Flint,  Junghae Kim,  Adam Pearl,  Davitt Moroney  ... 
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    Le Clavecin Francais: Louis Marchand & Louis-nicolas Clerambault
    Label: Plectra   Catalog: 5637267011 Release Date: 09/18/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis Marchand,  Louis-Nicolas Clérambault,  Nicolas-Antoine Lebègue
    Performer:  Davitt Moroney
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    Biber: Mystery Sonatas / Holloway, Moroney
    Label: Virgin Classics Special Import   Catalog: 62062 Release Date: 11/05/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Heinrich Ignaz Biber
    Performer:  Davitt Moroney,  John Holloway
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tragicomedia
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    M.r.n. Couperin: Livre De Tablature De Clavecin / Moroney
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67164 Release Date: 12/14/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  De la Pierre, Paul, Sr.,  De la Pierre, Paul, Jr.,  Jacques Hardel  ... 
    Performer:  Davitt Moroney
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